- Also check our best rated Romance Book reviews
Matchmaker of Kenmare: A Novel of Ireland Hardcover – 1 Apr 2011
This Book Is Bound with "Deckle Edge" Paper
You may have noticed that some of our books are identified as "deckle edge" in the title. Deckle edge books are bound with pages that are made to resemble handmade paper by applying a frayed texture to the edges. Deckle edge is an ornamental feature designed to set certain titles apart from books with machine-cut pages. See a larger image.
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
About the Author
Frank Delaney is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Ireland, as well as Venetia Kellys Traveling Show, Tipperary, Shannon, and Simple Courage: A True Story of Peril on the Sea. A former judge for the Man Booker Prize, Delaney enjoyed a prominent career in BBC broadcasting before becoming a full-time writer. Born in Tipperary, Ireland, he now lives in New York City and Connecticut.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The story has a very slow start and opens with Ben meeting Kate Begley, known as the matchmaker of Kenmare. The two naively pride themselves of being neural during the start of the devastating war but as their relationship developed and the war dragged on they become more and more involved in aiding the Americans on the European front. Both Kate and Ben had an agenda: Kate was looking for her husband who went missing in action and Ben his wife who mysteriously disappeared. The story picks up and becomes far more interesting and evolves into a memorable war story as Kate and Ben are pinned down in Europe's battlefields.....they find themselves way over their heads and must survive at all cost...
The story is narrated in the first person by a senior Ben to his children in a rambling style that is quite entertaining at times. He relives and shares with them the many tales he collected in his travels during his younger and more challenging years. The prose successfully creates a vivid image of the time and especially the complexities of the Irish culture with great depth and skill. The novel started off in a tedious manner but I persisted and I am glad I did. The strong writing, the warm characters and the unexpected turn of events gradually hyped my interest to the end.
Looking back, I can honestly say I enjoyed this haunting tale.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
We meet various characters who are quite powerful in the early days of WWII and enable Kate and Ben to go where they will. Ireland is attempting to remain neutral, if that is ever possible. After some beautiful scenes where potential lovers are introduced to each other for marriage purposes, the tale turns more sinister. Kate and Ben abet the kidnapping of a spy who has information vital about Hitler and his plans for the war and world domination. Kate then falls in love with a military spy, Charles Miller, and they marry after making a secret agreement that is rather mysterious itself. Charles goes missing in war, is reported to be dead, and Kate refuses to believe he is gone.
Thus begins a journey through storms of rain, bullets, bombings, snow, massacres, and so much more that bring the brutal reality of the war to the reader in a breathtaking manner. The horror grows and Ben's thoughts about neutrality undergo traumatic changes. War is Hell, indeed!
This novel begins with a tepid, endearing start but quickly evolves into a blood-curdling, adventurous, and memorable war story. We keep waiting for Kate and Ben will move beyond friendship; they do but not in the way the reader is anticipating. Love and passion rule the day, with new interactions that are quite novel and remarkable. Frank Delaney is a gifted writer who has penned a beautiful, haunting tale that readers will relish and remember, for sure!
The main story is rather dull. It's about a quasi-love triangle that does have some interesting and timeless elements. Unfortunately, the whole Pieper thread combined with the giraffe -- shades of Water For Elephants? -- was too jarring for me to enjoy the book.
Nevertheless, and with the thought that in trilogies the second installment is typically the weakest, I will soldier on -- sorry, I couldn't resist -- and take up The Last Storyteller.
Every author has a hiccup. This was Mr. Delaney's.
Ignore the fact that it is the first part of a trilogy and just enjoy. Some cannot disregard this and focus on the "unresolved" nature of the book but by definition the first in a trilogy is an introduction to character and conflict. Take it for what it is and I'm sure you'll be surprised. Oh and definitely buy from Central Valley Books, they have excellent prices and great service.